Gbenga Daniel Will Kill PDP – Kashamu

THE Senator representing Ogun East, Buruji Kashamu, has said it will be “a monumental disaster” to elect former Ogun State Governor Gbenga Daniel as Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national chairman. Reacting to Daniel’s official declaration to vie for the position yesterday, Kashamu said Daniel was the least qualified among those aspiring for the post. The statement reads in part, “When I heard that he was vying for the post, my initial reaction was that it was a joke. But, now that he has decided to make a formal declaration, I…

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PDP Political Gladiators At Work

  By Stephen Ubanna Ahead of the 2019 Presidential election there had been  new political realignment of political gladiators in the country. This is evident going by the consultations going round among the politicians across the country. Last Wednesday, October 18, 2017,, former President Goodluck Jonathan had visited Ibrahim Babangida, a retired army General and  former military President and elder statesman in his Hill top residence, Minna, Niger state to consult with him.Jonathan was said to have been accompanied in the visit by Nimi Barigha  Amange,  one of the Senators…

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November 18: Internal Strife Cripples PDP

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   Recent developments in the Anambra state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, according to the party, fuel allegations that certain members of the party in the state have been recruited by Governor Willie Obiano of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, to undermine it and scuttle chances of its candidate, Oseloka Henry Obaze in the November 18 gubernatorial election in the state. Parallel PDP rallies were held simultaneously in the state last week. One was the flag off of Obaze’s campaign at the commercial city…

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Arms Importation: Buhari Meets Turkish Leader

By Bayo Bernard High level diplomatic talks are currently on going between the Nigerian government and its Turkish counterpart. The meeting taking place in Ankra, the Turkish capital, the magazine learnt was at the instance of President Muhammadu Buhari. Buhari had arrived Turkey, yesterday October 18 where he was expected to take part in the 9th summit of the Developing 8 (D-8) tomorrow.. The relations between the two friendly nations have recently been challenged by incessant importation of dangerous arms into the country. Four times within the last eight months…

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Nigeria’s Rotten-Sweet Yams

By Oji Odu Ferdinand Akuso was not surprised after he discovered that about 70 percent of the tuber of yam which he was preparing to boil was rotten. “ I had to salvage what was left of the remaining 30 percent before I had something to eat of the yam that night. It was not strange because sometimes you may not know the rotten yams by mere looking,” he lamented. His experience is not isolated, as he only ate about 30 percent of the N500 yam. Since the rejection of…

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Evans changes plea, pleads not guilty

Evans, whose real name is Chukwudumem Onwuamadike, whose kidnapping exploits shook the foundation of society, today pleads not guilty to charges leveled against him, which includes but is not limited to conspiracy and kidnapping.He is facing 52 charges in 14 different cases in courts in Lagos and Edo States. The Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Adeniji Kazeem, led the prosecution of the first arraignment. According to him,Evans  and his team, including those at large, committed the offenses between February 14 and April 12, 2017.In in his earlier appearance…

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Buhari’s integrity rating hits an all time low.

Integrity, which was a reference point of President Muhammadu Buhari has reached an all time low as knocks on his anti corruption war is being reduced to personal vendetta and war against opposition on a daily basis. All his lieutenants caught n the web of scandal and financial recklessness has been shielded one way or the other, and blames heaped on past governments even in the face of glaring incompetence around him. The latest of these was the Baru_Kachikwu feud, which was an embarrassment to the government. Minister of state…

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Buhari aproves pension for Biafran veterans

Forty-seven years after the end of the Nigerian civil war, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved payment of pensions to Veterans-soldiers, policemen and paramilitary personnel who were involved in the civil war. Many of them, who were youths during the war, were either already dead or ageing. The veterans, who were dismissed from service after the civil war that lasted between 1967 and 1970, and whose dismissal was commuted to retirements in the year 2000,will begin receiving their pensions by 20th of October 2017. It is not clear how this is…

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Hugo Lloris Masterclass Salvages Point For Spurs

  A pair of stunning second-half saves from Hugo Lloris salvaged a precious point for Tottenham Hotspur as they held European champions Real Madrid 1-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday. Both sides remain unbeaten in this season’s Champions League and well placed to progress to the last 16. They each have seven points after Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty cancelled out Raphael Varane’s own goal in the first period. “Hugo was fantastic, he deserves a big prize. He showed his real level,” said Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino. “Today we see why…

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PDP: How the Next Chairman will Emerge

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   There is mounting sentiment towards the South west geo-political zone in the race for the election of the next national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. The new PDP national chairman will be elected at the party’s national convention on December 9. There have been calls for the position to be micro-zoned to the region but certain interests in the party have resisted this. Chairman of the PDP Interim National Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi is on the side of the anti-micro zoning elements. He has…

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IPU: Saraki Seeks Improved Relationship With Russia

The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, has commenced negotiations for improved trade relations between Nigeria and Russia, newsmen report. Saraki said the relationship between the two countries was nowhere close to where it should be, adding that there was need for improvement to increase trade volume. The president of the senate made the remark in a meeting with Chairperson of Council of Russian Federation, Valentina Mativienko, St. Petersburg, Russia on Wednesday. The meeting was on the sidelines of the 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly. Saraki said “I think…

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Waking Up From Slumber

By Stephen Ubanna Mohammed Aliyu, Comptroller, Seme Command and his counterpart at Onne , Bashir Abubakar, appears to have woken up from sleep to take the Customs anti-smuggling operations serious. The duo , according to sources have been on holiday over the months as smugglers had their way in their areas of control . Aliyu, a source told the Magazine was forced to sit up with his anti-smuggling personnel when information began to make the rounds that  Seme, a  border town between Nigeria and Republic of Benin has become a…

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‘PDP Must Not Pick A Wrong Chairman’- Jonathan

A former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, has advised members of the Peoples Democratic Party no to make the mistake of making wrong choice of National Working Committee  members at the December convention. Jonathan gave the advice when he received an aspirant for the party’s national chairmanship position, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, at his residence in Abuja on Tuesday. He cautioned that the party could not afford to make mistake in choosing its next national chairman and publicity secretary, describing them as “very delicate positions.” He said, “This time around we need…

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‘I Am A Fighter’- Gani Adams

The new Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Chief Gani Adams, on Tuesday, said he would use his new position to promote the Yoruba culture and fight the cause of the Yoruba race. Describing himself as a fighter, Adams, who is the National Coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress, added that he would reach out to a former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and other Yoruba leaders. The OPC leader said this in Lagos while speaking with newsmen on Tuesday. Adams stated that though he was not as wealthy as…

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BDCs: End of the Road

The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN and the Association of Bureau de Change Operators of Nigeria, differ on funding and blanket generalization of ABCON as dreadful By Shedrack Ifurueze The new regulations on foreign exchange, FOREX by the apex bank has brought to an end in the funding of BDCs on weekly basis. The CBN scheme that had been in operation for about 12 years has cost the apex regulator of the commercial banks nearly $9 billion annually based on more than $60,000 per regulator. However, in the interim the…

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Guardiola Says Humility Key To Team’s Success

Pep Guardiola says there is no chance that his Manchester City players will fall into the trap of over-confidence in their Champions League clash against Napoli despite their swaggering Premier League form. City demolished Stoke City 7-2 on Saturday to move two points clear at the top of the table and are attracting rave reviews for the quality of their attacking football, with 37 goals in 11 games in all competitions so far. But on Tuesday they face a stern test at home against free-scoring Serie A leaders Napoli, who…

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Gani Adams Becomes The New Aare Onakakanfo

The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, on Sunday declared the National Coordinator of the Oodua People’s Congress, Gani Adams, as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland. The position was held last by the late MKO Abiola, who died in the detention camp of the late military dictator, Gen. Sani Abacha, in 1998 for refusing to trade his presidential mandate for freedom. In June this year, there was an indication that Adams could be named the new Generalismo of Yorubaland by the monarch but the OPC leader refused to…

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Man Caught With Human Skull & Body Parts

A large number of residents of Mowe, between Lagos and Ogun, nearly lynched a middle-aged man on Thursday after he was allegedly caught with a human skull and other body parts. It was gathered that the man, who was beaten up by the mob, was rescued by policemen from the Mowe Police Station, who took him to the station. Within few minutes many people stormed the police station. Policemen at the division were almost overrun by the crowd, some of whom climbed the fence to catch a glimpse of the…

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Hurricane Ali

By Stephen Ubanna When President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel as Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, with a mandate to restructure, reform and improve the Service revenue generation base, nobody gave him opportunity to succeed. This is because of the rot in the Service. Moreso, he was coming from a military background, quite different from the Customs  which has the responsibility to generate revenue  and enforce anti-smuggling operations in the country. Given his lack of knowledge of Customs operations and its internal politics, most Customs officials…

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State House Hospital of Pity

By Oji Odu Why should President Muhammadu Buhari and other highly placed government officials, including the well-to-do in the society not seek foreign medical attention for the slightest headache when the neither N30 sachet of 12‘paracetamol’ tablets nor syringes are available at the State House Clinic? This is when billions of naira have been allegedly spent to make the hospital efficient and effective. The outburst of the First Lady, Aisha Buhari at a stakeholders meeting on Reproductive, Maternal,Nutrition, Child Advocacy and Health Nutrition organised by her pet project, Future Assured…

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